Day 2097 Sword brush fun

The picture doesn’t do this bird justice. She just glowed on her white paper in the sunlight on the dash of my car as she rode off to the mailbox.

That’s the sword brush from Rosemary’s Brushes at the top of the photo.

There is no way you can make a tight painting with a sword brush but it does some great line work that is slightly out of control. The feet show some of the line work it can do.

The lines in her hair and her straps were done with the sword brush too. It’s fun to draw with because you can’t control it well.

Cheap Joes Kilimanjaro watercolor paper in a 4×6″ pad. Colors used chrome green opera pink cerulean burnt sienna ultramarine. Think that’s it. And mud from my palette for splatters.

Margaret xoxoxo

Day 2096 Portrait time

Monday is portrait class over in Aiken. Can’t remember our models name. She has. A few issues. Forehead too high. The dent to the left of her eye is too deep but maybe her cheeks too fat. And the right shoulder needs some definition.

First break. She looks like a ghost. NO PENCIL sketch. Eeek. Always makes me nervous. But it can be done. Onward and upward.

Second break. That ghost is still there. I do t seem to make much progress drawing the beginning with paint. And it definitely stresses me out that I can’t erase it.

Third break. I get tired of poking about and slap the paint on.

I lifted bits of white to the left of her left eye but think it may be a bit too much. So I will stare at her a while and decide.

Colors used. Charles Reid palette. Used a lot of opera pink since she had a rosey glow with a mix of cad red light and cad yw light for flesh. Cerulean cobalt peacock blue burnt sienna on the face

Hair is a wash of cad yellow light first. Then yellow ochre burnt sienna cerulean mixed with burnt umber and finally cobalt mixed w Burnt umber. Her hair like a lot of blondes has a lot of greys in it cerulean makes a great grey.

Oh and that black dot on her right cheek is NOT a mole but where I touched it w my dirty pinky knuckle. Sigh.

Top is yellow ochre burnt umber alizarin and cad yellow light.

Margaret who has a headache from stressing over the painting. What we do for fun. But the sinister grunge seems to be gone. Hurrah. Xoxoxox

Day 2095 Crud that keeps giving

Or is it just stopped up sinuses. Either way. Yucky. My bird drawing craze goes back at least six years or more. Some early ones.

Parking lot seagulls probably in a Strathmore mixed media. I draw better birds now. All these were drawn while watching the birds.

Chicken chasing Parrot rescue in Pigeon Forge Drawing pelicans before we eat at Key Largo – Buzzards Roost. May be there soon hurrah.

Key west ibis from the Key West Wildlife Rescue. Love

These guys. They magically show up in droves when Lloyd the bicycle tour leader comes because they know he has snacks for them.

Love the ibis hmm and the chickens and the parrots and hmm I love drawing birds. Parking lot seagulls were lots of fun too.

Margaret year Xoxoxoxo time for Endeavour.

Day 2094 The Binge continues

Though nothing as memorable as Dead to me which I watched til 1:30 last nite. Something I never do.

I did draw my peonies from Trader Joe’s. Love Peonies. Lamy Ef with Noodlers Brown Ink. That pen skims over the page. Lovely writing instrument.

I popped my reference photo that I took of the peonies-they are dropping petals like fall leaves into Waterlogue. Hmm if I popped this into photoshop and cleaned it up a bit I wouldn’t need to paint the sketch. 😂

Ps I can recommend Monty Don’s French Gardens on Netflix. Gorgeous photography of French gardens. There’s also an Italian one I have not yet watched.

Murder Mystery with Jennifer Anniston was fun. Nothing too high brow.

Margaret Xoxoxox

Day 2093 A good binge

And you forget what you are suppose to be doing like posting your blog. Oops. Interesting show on Netflix Dead to Me.

Funny has lots of fun with the stroller mostly ignored the mom who sat nearby waiting along with the rest of us.

Vlads neutral tint all over the stroller in varying strengths. Got his favorite sword brush in the mail today after waiting for about six weeks. It’s a Rosemary 1/2″ sword brush. I can tell it’s going to be amazing. I should have bought it a few years ago when Liz what’s her name who recommends it mentioned. Instead I bought at least three other sword brushes because I didn’t want to pay freight from the UK. DUH. And that actually cost me more in the end. What is that saying penny saved pound foolish?! She’s an architect too. What is it about architects and sword brushes. Guess I will find out as soon as I finish my binge watch. Five episodes down and five to go.

Margaret Xoxoxox

Day 2092 Phillips Collection

At the High Art Museum in Atlanta is fantastic. Each painting a jewel.

Degas My favorite in the whole show.

According to Phillips the best landscape painter ever. I concur. Oskar Kokschka

Bonnard a Charles Reid fav and mine.

Another very large Bonnard

Poussin A Fav since college and evidently a Phillips fav

Daumier Such expression and energy 1848

Degas and his dancers I would keep it!!

A wonderful but dark Matisse Mad Fauvist that he was

Caezamne self portrait often compared to Rembrandts as well it should be. Powerful

Monet incredible ethereal to thinly eh great man touched this canvas

Van Gogh never met one I wouldn’t keep. If only I had been at his funeral I could have gotten one free.

So if anyone has a spare $100000000 would you buy one for me please especially the orange Degas. I have just the wall for it.

In the meantime I will drool over the show catalog and postcards from it.

Hurry and go. This exhibit is just marvelous like a who’s who in European Art from 1800 – 1930. Every one a show stopper and this is just a fraction of show. Ends July 14. I hope to make it back there soon.

Margaret ready for bed. Xoxoxo

Day 2090 Chelsea torture

Since I was taking photos for a sick friend I never took one from My view point thinking I had taken enough. But I painted sitting down and took the photos standing up. Argh. Makes a difference.

Chelsea now

Chelsea yesterday evening

Today I have been trying to clean up Chelsea problem areas.

I have lightened her chin and around her mouth a considerable amount. Trying to remove all the greyish areas.

I also worked on her eyes lightening the whites and on her nose and lips. Wiped out a blob of color on her right cheek.

Added pink to her lips to her cheeks nose chin and ear. All places where the blood flows near the skin giving a pink tint.

I am fairly sure she developed a frown by the end because she was justifiably tired after two and half hours of posing. The mouth was the last thing I painted. Thus the frowny mouth.

I took a wet Kleenex and just wet it and dabbed at it to lift color from chin and lip areas. And those ugly dark commas on either side of her mouth. Trying NOT to age her.

About half way thru this I realized I could flip the photo I took to give me a guide to mouth placement and to her eyes.

So I uploaded this photo to photoshop express on my iPad. I poked around on it til I found the flip horizontal button. Presto at least she was almost facing the right way even though the shadows were off. The horizontal flip button is in the crop button menu.

Margaret thinking nap time. Getting to be a theme.

Day 2089 Chelsea

15×22″ Spent two and a half hours chasing Chelsea as she would turn from full frontal to the right. As soon as she relaxed a little she would loose the pose because she was twisted in her seat.

First break. NO pencil. 😵😵😵Rough block in on Co fluid watercolor paper. 140#. The paper is really a bargain for great paper. Six full sheets for $24 on amazon. Always dries just about flat no matter how soppy wet I get it. Second break not making a lot of progress. Adding more darks and the blouse. Lack of progress I think that was due to the continually rotating head. No excuse for that left eye. But an easy fix on this hp. Most hot press would not let you move it at all. One shot and you are done. Last break. That left eye shoot me. But I brought it around. Add more darks to the hair which was ultramarine and burnt umber or van dyke brown. Also I didn’t want to get the shadows dark since that would age her. She has quite a very young face. Deep shadows age people in portraits especially babies. For now. I have a to do to her list. May or may not do them. BYTW her blouse was painted in two shots with my size 16 Cheap Joes sable. First was a glaze of very watery cerulean and burnt sienna. Then after it was dry lines of the black hair mix.

Colors used Quin gold French yellow ochre burnt sienna burnt umber ultramarine cerulean vandyke brown. A hint ifocad red light

Margaret ready for a nap. Xoxoxox

Day 2088 Tahred from road running

One last sketch from Columbia. Wait who am I kidding two more I haven’t painted. Oopsey.

Snuff jars from the museum. Hmm I wonder if they sell them on eBay. One could hope. Like rows of tiny gems. Two inches tall at most.

Think I will go back and draw some more of them sometime. Just love these tiny guys. And each so intricately decorated.

Charles Reid palette colors. Twisbee pen now leaky twisbee Deartrementis document brown.

Margaret putting her feet up. Xoxoxo